Dryer Won’t Stop

Leading busy lives, your dryer should not be a reason to add more stress to your daily routine. There might be several reasons why your dryer is not operating properly. Some of the most prevalent causes are: the wrong dryer setting, the vent or filter is clogged, faulty circuit board, faulty lambda sensor, temperature sensor malfunction, heating mechanism malfunction and electrical issues in your home.

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Investigate the Cause of the Problem

Sometimes the simplest reason as to why your dryer just won’t stop is because it is not set on the appropriate drying cycle. Meaning that the dryer has been set to low heat or no heat by mistake. As the dryer isn’t on a timer, it monitors the laundry’s moisture. When drying jeans on an air dry cycle, you’ll feel like the machine will last for a prolonged period of time. Check the cycle first, then try using a different setting on the dryer. This can save you a lot of time figuring out what’s wrong and why. Modern dryers no longer have a timed dry cycle by default. Instead, they employ a sensor to see whether the clothes are dry, and they will keep running until they are. What may be happening is that lint that is clogged in the vent/filter is tricking the sensor into thinking the clothes are not dry properly.

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If you haven’t examined your lint filter in a while, it’s more likely that there is a massive build up. To ensure no lint builds up and causes a blockage, check your lint filter, exhaust hose, and vent in your house. Lint blocking is a major fire risk, not to mention an inconvenience. The obstruction keeps the hot, moist air from escaping. As a result, your clothing remains wet longer and that will make your dryer keep running. If you have a ventless dryer, you must be concerned about the same problem, but with different consequences. Ventless dryer models, unlike traditional ones, do not exhaust moisture away from the home via vents; instead, they rely on condensers to collect it. If the condenser is full or clogged with dirt or fibers, it will have the same effect as a lint blockage. The moist air inside the dryer prevents proper drying which results in your dryer running continuously.

The lambda sensor is now used in almost all contemporary dryers as a measure of energy efficiency. The moisture level of your tumbling clothes is measured by this small metal line that runs along the inside edge of your dryer at the front, inner edge. If the wiring for the sensor is damaged, or if the sensor makes contact with the casing, your dryer will run indefinitely as long as your clothing is not completely dry. Fabric softener may cause sensors to malfunction in some circumstances, so all you may need to do is clean it with white vinegar. The circuit board is the brain of your appliance, so when it breaks down, it may be to blame for an infinite number of issues, including preventing the dryer from shutting off. Due to the circuit board malfunctioning, it is sending the incorrect shut off signals to the dryer. If a temperature sensor is broken, it may result in longer running times because just like the lambda sensor, it also detects moisture level. When a temperature sensor is operational but isn’t functioning correctly, it may prevent the heating element from reaching the proper temperature resulting in the dryer not stopping. The dryer is still spinning and operating, but no heat is really drying the clothes. When the heating element of the dryer is malfunctioning, this creates a situation where the dryer will continuously run. Electrical problems can lead to fussy issues. In most situations, if your dryer has electrical difficulties, it will be unable to operate. If there isn’t enough electricity flowing to your dryer, it might still run but won’t thoroughly dry anything and this will trick the sensors. This may happen frequently if your washer and dryer are plugged into the same outlet.

Comprehensive Diagnosis Is Necessary

Your dryer malfunctioning can cause serious disruptions. It could be malfunctioning for a variety of reasons, which is why it’s important to get an expert opinion. Only an experienced technician with all of the necessary tools and hands-on expertise can properly diagnose the washer and identify the underlying issue.

At Capital Appliance Repair we service all of Ottawa and offer same day repairs! One phone call and our team will come to your location to assess the issue and repair the dryer on site. We like to make the process convenient for our clients, there is no need to take the appliance away and bring it back again, we provide diagnostics and repair at your location.

Our team of highly experienced technicians can repair and troubleshoot all dryer brands. From the heating mechanism to malfunctioning lambda sensors, you can trust us to get your appliance back up and running again in no time!

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